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Helvetia Rd, West St and Harris St roundabout improvements

Consultation status: closed 11 November

We are seeking feedback on a proposal to improve pedestrian safety at the Helvetia Road, West Street and Harris Street roundabout in Pukekohe.

We propose:

  • Widening the splitter islands at the four legs of the roundabout.
  • Upgrading the footpath, pram crossings and installing tactile pavers. 
  • Installing No Stopping at All Times restrictions (broken yellow lines).
  • Widening the mountable central island.

We have received requests to improve pedestrian crossing at the Harris Street approach to the roundabout. Pedestrians find it difficult to cross as the traffic island does not have a cut-through. This can be especially difficult for local residents of the Retirement Village who use walkers and mobility scooters.

The other three splitter islands at the roundabout are due to be upgraded and there is an opportunity to upgrade the overall pedestrian crossing conditions. Widening the central island will encourage lower driver speeds to further improve safety. 

The No Stopping at All Times restrictions are required to ensure visibility for pedestrians at the new pram crossings. 

View the proposed changes to the Helvetia Road, West Street and Harris Street roundabout (PDF 862KB)

Feedback

Thank you everyone for your feedback.

The proposal received mixed feedback with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and all other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed design.

Specific feedback and proposed solution

  • Some residents would like all approaches to have two lanes to minimize congestion. In order to create a multi lane roundabout, the current roundabout would need to be significantly enlarged and more land would need to be acquired. Due to the current operation and safety performance of the intersection, a multi lane roundabout is not warranted.
  • Suggestion that road signs should be placed further from the roundabout to ensure they do not obstruct visibility. The placement of signs will be established during the detailed design stage of the project.
  • Request that a road sign be put up for the elderly home near to the crossing. The Palms Ages Care facilities are well signed along the street within their site which is the appropriate place for such signage.

Next stage

We expect to introduce this work by June 2018, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will issue a 48-hour notice to all residents in the area prior to starting construction work.